From the book: Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child (By Tim Elmore)
“There was a frail old man who went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight blurred, and his step faltered. When the family ate together, the old man’s shaky hands and failing eyesight made it difficult for him. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he picked up his glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. And he kept breaking the dishes! His son became irritated with the mess and decided to set up a small table in the corner for Grandpa. To prevent the old man from breaking dishes, his son gave him a wooden bowl to eat from.
“When they ate together now, it was calm. The son would glance over to see his old man and notice a tear in his eye. He was lonely, but at least it was peaceful at dinner time. There was no mess and no more broken dishes. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
“One evening, the son noticed his little boy playing with some wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making? The four-year-old looked up innocently and said, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you to eat your food when I grow up.”
“They say our mothers really know how to push our buttons – because they installed them.”
“The more I go through parenting, the more I say I owe my mother an apology.”
“No matter what you have done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?”